As reported by police:
While on patrol, county officers spotted Richard Quinnard Washington, 20, speeding on his 1995 black Honda motorcycle with an expired tag. At the time, the roads were slick, presenting an immediate threat.
The patrolmen rode behind Washington and signaled for him to stop. Upon flashing their lights, Washington reportedly sped up.
Police chased the motorcycle along the Old Rome Rd. in front of Seney Church, going north towards Floyd County.
With officers on his trail, Washington accelerated and weaved through traffic in a “no passing zone.”
The driver soon reached a set of railroad tracks and attempted to jump across them at approximately 60 mph.
The vehicle hit the tracks and slid out from under him. Washington was able to save the motorcycle, but decided to end the chase after the near wreck.
When asked why he ran, Washington replied, “I didn’t see you.”
Police later found the suspect with marijuana in his pocket.
Washington was charged with violating the Georgia Controlled Substance Act (possessing more than one ounce of marijuana), driving a motorcycle without a motorcycle license, driving too fast for conditions, driving with an expired tag, and having no proof of insurance.